Reality vs Boxing: Review of Wilder-Fury match

wilder knock down furyUpdate, 12-7-2018: Added my personal scorecard to the bottom, along with a few final reflections about reactions to the fight.

“How was Fury robbed when he was legally dead for 5 seconds at the end of the match? Obviously those love-jabs he was hitting Wilder with meant nothing.” YouTube user jriod2.

Virtually everyone who knows anything about boxing had Tyson Fury easily winning the match by points vs Deontay Wilder, even mathematically factoring in the two knockdowns.

After all, a fighter in a twelve-round match wins one of the twelve normal points for winning a round (in boxing, a won round is called a 10-9 round, with the round winner getting 10 points and the round loser getting 9; or, in normal talk: the winner gets a point).

And each time a fighter is knocked down, they lose one point (resulting in a “10-8 round” or a “10-7 round,” but usually not a “10-6 round,” since three knock downs usually wins the match by “TKO” — technical knockout.)

Thus, it is generally considered that, with a basic knowledge of boxing, and a basic knowledge of math, it is virtually impossible for someone to award Wilder the match on points.

Meanwhile, in the real world…

Virtually everyone is saying Fury won. However, despite all the “round for round” analysis, they at least have to admit: Whose FACE looked like they lost a fight?

Not a single person who is saying Fury won would have wanted to come away from that fight, physically, as Fury rather than Wilder: Wilder’s left eye was a bit swollen; Fury looked like a battered woman from a soap opera.

Add to that: Wilder was 50 pounds lighter, and it’s a matter of fact: Overall, Wilder “won the fight” in every way except “round for round.”

fury vs wilder faces after in post fight

Fury (left) and Wilder, their faces after the fight

That said, “round-by-round scoring” is the rule of boxing, so technically the “draw” decision could be reasonably considered a “robbery.”

And that said, those who simply “know boxing,” and know the “technicalities” of why Fury should have won — they will never convince regular, normal people that it was “robbery” against Fury to call the match a draw — when Wilder all but slayed the giant at the end of the match.

To be fair though: Wilder looked exhausted at the end of the 12th round; and, based on his fighting style, probably would not have recovered if the match went more rounds; so the outcome of the fight would almost certainly have been Fury knocking out Wilder if the fight had happened back before Ray Mancini killed Duk Koo Kim in 1982, which made boxing officials drop the final round from 15 to 12.

Saying all that, Fury quite clearly won most of the rounds — but he only dominated a few; so it is absolutely possible for a reasonable person to have awarded a few rounds to Wilder that could have gone either way but that probably most would score to Fury. So all this scapegoating of “the Mexican judge” is based on emotion and prejudice, not fact.

The effect of Fury’s White Privilege on his peace of mind

White people are shown to have more of certain kinds of “mental illness” than black people, especially overwhelming depression, which accounts for high rates of white suicide. Fury came into the match vs Wilder after having battled such “demons” as depression, feelings of emptiness, and even suicidality.

To be clear: As a black man, Wilder certainly has to repress into himself the fact that, based on all kinds of technicalities and formalities, he should have lost the boxing match.

Yet as a white man, Fury has to repress into himself the fact that, despite all his “sweet science” dipping and dodging — he got beaten badly in a fight.

It was the tortoise and the hare — and Wilder was the tortoise: Wilder stayed focused, patient, and humble — until “slow and steady” won the fight.

Further, Fury must contend with the biggest symptom of the social disease of White Privilege: a deep-seated sense of entitlement; a belief that he “followed all the rules,” so technically he “deserves” the reward. This hyper-socialized pettiness is exactly why the Tyson Furys of the world — white people with a chip on their shoulder — are so prone to the “mental illness” that is nothing but a manifestation of their own vulgar pride.

Update, 12-7-2018: My personal scorecard, written up in real time (notes omitted), and a few final reflections about reactions to the fight

Round 1: Fury (10-9, Fury)
Round 2: Wilder (18-18)
Round 3: Fury (28-27, fury)
Round 4: Fury (38-36, fury)
Round 5: Wilder (47-46, fury)
Round 6: Wilder (56-56)
Round 7: Fury (66-65, fury)
Round 8: Fury (76-74, fury)
Round 9: Wilder (84-84)
Round 10: Fury (94-93, fury)
Round 11: Fury (104-102, fury)
Round 12: Wilder (112-112)

Final score: Wilder: 112; Fury: 112

Note1: Without the two knockdowns, it would have been a clear win for Fury.

Note2: In boxing, it’s a ten-count, not necessarily “10 seconds” (for all those obsessed with the myth that the ref cheated in his count for Fury).

Note3: Passive-aggressive racists, who love a chance to speak sideways about a black person with impunity, are calling Wilder “delusional” etc. because Wilder thinks he won the fight. Meanwhile, Fury was spectacular, amazing — and delusional: It was spectacular that Fury rose in the 12th; it was amazing that Fury fought back fiercely after the knockdown, forcing Wilder to choose a clench at the end; but, post-fight, Fury claims to have “come back and won the [12th] round.” Now–that–is delusional.

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